The Kings Can’t Score
Even with the flashy addition of Marian Gaborik, the Kings simply don’t score enough to get through the Blues in a seven-game series. That was the case prior to their Stanley Cup run during the 2012, and they added Jeff Carter. He gave them enough of a push to get through to the Cup, but Jonathan Quick was historically good.
Could L.A. get netminding like that again? They’d have to, because only three teams in the NHL have a more anemic offense than the Kings. Scoring 2.32 times a game probably wouldn’t get it done against a St. Louis team that trails only the Chicago Blackhawks in goal scoring prowess.
Don’t mistake Gaborik for Carter. He’s been put on a rail and rotated out of two different cities over the last year, he’s oft-injured and isn’t as quick as he used to be. The doesn’t sound like a magical remedy to goal-scoring problems, especially not against a defensive squad like the Blues.